John Lawrence uses tools and techniques that go back to the 18th century, yet his illustrations don't look out of place in our modern world. His distinctive wood engravings and drawings have kept him employed over the past 40 years. The process of his print/collage technique is also time consuming. Each different colour and textured backgrounds are separate prints that are collaged into the overall design. He uses a mixture of wood and vinyl to create contrasting textures and admitidely he brings the images together with the help of a computer.
Although Pullman created all his own illustrations and pictograms for his Dark Materials series, I can see why he chose Lawrence to do the collector's editions as Lawrence's 'modern ancient approach' is perfectly suited to the style of the book. Pullman's story flits between the modern world (as we know it) and a parallel neo-industrial revolution era.